Who’s the Douche?
By RU Rob
Over the last couple of weeks the names Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have been a flashpoint of controversy on race relations, gun rights, police investigations and media matters. Theirs is a story that remains somewhat unclear and the events that took place on February 26, 2012 may never be fully known. Regardless of the outcome of the impending investigations and subsequent trials, both civil and criminal, there are specific events that have taken place in the media to fuel this public rage. These are my opinions of the entire situation and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Rhino Den, Ranger Up or anyone else who has half a brain.
Let us start with the imagery you see every time you read a newspaper, online news story or watch a televised news piece. Why is it that the only photos you see are that of Trayvon Martin as a 12-13 year old looking all cute while rocking a Hollister shirt and George Zimmerman in a dated mug shot, appearing sullen and noticeably heavier, for a crime that was later dismissed? Someone somewhere is already swaying your opinion. You may not immediately notice it but your thoughts will lean to the fact that Zimmerman looks like a thug and Martin is just a little boy.
Would your opinion of the two be changed if the first images you viewed were of the following? I bet they would. Amazing how a couple of years can change from “cutsie” to “typical teen” and “criminal” to “professional”, isn’t it. Your subliminal mind is sensitive to imagery and photo editors know that.
The rush to judgment and the accelerated need to sensationalize a story are stereotypical of the news media. More often than not it isn’t about the accuracy of the story but more about who can get it out first. In today’s computer era where information is available at a touch of a button most anywhere on earth it is that competition for “breaking headlines” that win the ratings and the advertising dollar. An example of this is the surveillance video from the police station of when George Zimmerman arrived via police car. One news outlet claimed that there were no visible injuries to the back of the head, as Zimmerman and the police report claimed, and that this was the “smoking gun” that Zimmerman was a liar about the incident. However, a day later and after digital enhancement, another outlet claimed that there was, in fact, video evidence of the wounds to the back of Zimmerman’s head. All of this incorrect information is just creating public confusion and animosity and, quite honestly, hindering the possibility for a fair trial.
Another thing that gets my goat is the totally off base interviews that are being conducted by individuals that have nothing to do with the investigation. Can anyone please tell me what a Funeral Director has to do with any of this? Yes, I watched in complete astonishment that one news channel actually had the gall to interview a Funeral Director as to what a deceased body would look like after a physical struggle. Have the authorities not already collected the necessary evidence from the deceased? Is a Funeral Director really going to be that well versed in the forensics of a physical struggle?
Lastly, and this pisses me off more than anything. Why is it that we have a class of pseudo-stars, you know, people who at one point in their lives had a moment of fame but now leach on to anything newsworthy to get their name back into the headlines for the sole purpose of sucking more money from the hard working women and men of the U.S. to “fund” their usually extreme way of thinking? Often times they are quicker to jump on the bandwagon than the media, can anyone say “Spike Lee?” People, especially has-beens, need to learn that sometimes “silence is misunderstood, but never misquoted.”
There are a lot of things that don’t add up for me in this case, on both sides. While I understand that many of you are going to automatically think that I believe that Zimmerman is innocent in the murder of Martin, I don’t. You see, not only is this a lesson in how the media can spin a story to meet their professional goals, it is just as possible for an individual to do the same thing based on their beliefs and values. I didn’t come to this conclusion until just now as I was proofing this piece, but to someone who does not know me it would seem that I am backing Zimmerman. The point I am trying to make is that there is a slant to everything. Don’t rush to judge, as you may just be wrong.
On that note, what say you Ranger Up Nation…who is the Douche here…Zimmerman… Martin…or the Media?